QUESTION: How can I believe God’s promises if someone who knew HIM, goes home? I’m believed promises like Abraham and Sarah, but now my faith is shaken.
Please note that I do not have the answer but it is my prayer that wisdom will give you direction. I hope that the few illustrations I will present will shed some light also into this matter.
Let’s look at a couple illustrations:
Isaiah 57:1 says that “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”
There is more to this particular verse but we should know that sometimes God would take that person home for their good and for the good of those around them. They may not see the good in it, but we know that all things work together for our good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.
However, the bible also says that there shall be nothing impossible to him that believes. This word is true and forever settled, so if it depended on our faith to keep that person then we can not claim to truly believe without a doubt. Many times we believe with fear, fear and faith cannot cohabit, we believe but entertain fear. It is not this kind of faith that moves mountains. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering/not doubting….For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:6-7). The word clearly states that if we do this, we should not think we will receive anything.
Third, when we really have faith, it doesn’t stop with believing the person would survive, faith speaks to the dead and commands him to arise. So our faith can be tested and proved when we go beyond believing something would go in the way we want it. This faith is what moves mountains, where you become fearless. When you know that even if the person dies, God can raise them back to life. You are not too concerned about them surviving, you are settled in your heart that they will live regardless of what happens.
Fourth, we cannot override the will of the people we are praying for. For example, if I am praying for someone to survive, and the person wants to go home (in their heart), God cannot override their will. If the person has given up and is ready to go, it is best to let them go because that is where they will find peace.
Also, God can call anyone home when their assignment is done. We may not want them to go, but it is appointed to man to die…” (Hebrews 9:27) That is, everyone who died kept to the appointment. After that, they can exit the appointment if they want. Now in this case, we can ask for an extension like Hezekiah or we can say we still want to stay. But I don’t think a man who knows what it feels like to be in heaven would want to remain in this evil and wicked world 🙂
I’m sure there are many other illustrations we could consider, but out of all these examples, it is clear that the death of a loved one cannot be explained away or understood except we hear the mind of God, except it is revealed as to why the person died after applying the word and believing God for a miracle.
There are men of God who pray for people and yet they die. We can’t explain away but we also cannot let that shake our faith. The plan of the devil is to use that to cause the person to be shaken in faith, but we can’t let that happen. We must continue to believe. When Abraham went up to sacrifice his son unto God, the bible says He knew that even after he sacrificed his son that God was able to raise him back to life.
In all, I have come to know that death does not have power over the believer, but the believer can choose to yield. Why? Because Jesus has the key to the grave. For me to die, I have to give up the ghost. I have to give it up.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Rev 1:18
Yes, God wants us to live a healthy, long life (Psalm 91:6) but do you have a revelation of this or are you working with information? Revelation is what gives power to obtain the promises. I, therefore, encourage you to seek revelation in God’s word. Use this opportunity to yield yourself to God so that He can use the situation to turn you into a victory in Him!
So consider this, we cannot know the mind of God except we ask Him. It is true that we often would want someone to stay with us, but when it comes to matters like this it is important to know that the perfect will of God because it is better than our wishes or will. I am not saying that it is the perfect will of God for someone to die, but in the end it is His perfect will for us to come home to Him when our assignment is done. I hope these examples help shed some light into this matter.